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PUBLISHED: 09:46 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:46 17 January 2013

Helen Hunt is on top of things in The Sessions.

Helen Hunt is on top of things in The Sessions.


Helen Hunt provides the sex education in Ben Lewin’s touching new drama.

BASED on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of Californian journalist and poet Mark O’Brien, The Sessions proved a big hit at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Released tomorrow (Fri), it tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined, at the age of 38, to lose his virginity.

With the help of his therapist and his priest Father Brendan (William H Macy), Mark (John Hawkes) contacts Cheryl Cohen-Greene. Cheryl (Helen Hunt) is a professional sex surrogate and typical American mum with a house, mortgage and a husband.

Inspired by a true story, The Sessions follows the fascinating relationship which evolves between Cheryl and Mark as she endeavours to take him on his journey to manhood.

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